The Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed is known for their loyalty and intelligence, a trait that makes them one of the most desirable dog breeds in the world today.
Their most recognizable characteristic is their short height, despite having a coat of hair that’s common to regular-sized dog breeds. They are also known for their herding ability, which is not surprising because they’re the smallest member of the Herding group of dogs. What brought them to the limelight is that the breed is preferred by British royalty for several decades now, and the current matriarch, Queen Elizabeth II owns several Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They are really preferred even by distinguished people not just because of their cute looks and wonderful demeanor, but also because of their intelligence and responsiveness to commands. They’re ranked 11th overall when it comes to intelligence, so you can expect that they’ll be able to learn new tricks and behavior in just a short amount of time.
What can you expect from a Pembroke Welsh Corgi?
Aside from cute or gorgeous, there are a lot of adjectives that could be used to describe Corgis. They can also be
- Loving and Loyal
- Curious and Courageous
- Energetic and Playful
- Vocal and Boisterous
- Very Intelligent
- Highly Trainable, and of course,
- A wonderful addition to any family
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi could be the best pet that a family could ever get, because it is very loyal and protective of its owners. It seeks attention and affection from their human companions, but can easily be trained to recognize limits and boundaries to make sure that they are still well-mannered. While most small dog breeds find it hard to adapt with small children living in the house, Corgis make perfect companions with your small kids. Their loyalty extends to the little ones in the family, and they’ll tolerate whatever silly things the kids do to them. And since they come from the Herding group of dogs, they can easily manifest these traits when it comes to playtime or even inside the house. If the Pembroke Welsh Corgis think that something is out of line, their herding instincts kick in, and it usually results to a nip in your heels. This behavior can be trained out of the dog, as long as you address it immediate once you see signs of uncalled for herding and over protectiveness.
Although it’s quite hard to quantify the normal size for a dog, it is important to somehow maintain your dog’s size close to the breed standard. This way, your beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi won’t get obese and suffer from health complications that come with the condition. Just to give you an idea, a Corgi can be as high as 10 to 12 inches from the ground to their top shoulders. This doesn’t vary much from one Corgi to another because they’re really known for their small stature. Their body may be proportional to that of larger dog breeds, but their legs are really short, thus, the recognizable height.
In terms of weight, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s ideal peak weight is 12 to 14 kg or 26 to 30 lbs (for males; females should be a kilo or 2 pounds lighter). Although the Corgi could be considered fully grown (in height,) they’d continue to gain weight for their bodies to fill up until they are 2 years old. Owners should be mindful of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s diet because if they’re allowed to overeat, they can weigh up to 18 kilograms and be overweight. This is not ideal for such an athletic dog because they’ll experience diminished performance and mobility.
The breed belongs to the Herding dogs classification, that’s why theyr’e also great when it comes to herding animals big and small, and sometimes, herding their humans. They’re one of the easiest to train when it comes to herding because it comes naturally for them. When they’re just pups, they’d often nip on the heels of their owners just to get things their way. This behavior is often trained out of them, so that they’ll be more careful and more behaved when they’re dealing with people.
Overall, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the most intelligent dog breeds today. They’re 11th in the breed intelligence ranking, so training them for other tasks would be relatively easier compared with that of other breeds. What makes them unique though is that they’re very affectionate and very loyal to their owners, to the point that they want to be with them at all times. They make the perfect pets because when trained properly, they can interact even with smaller members of their family, as well as other family pets like cats or smaller pets.